COLUMBIA — After missing last year’s event, athletics director Mike Alden is the projected main attraction for next Wednesday’s annual visit of the University of Missouri-Columbia Tigers Coaches Caravan to this area.
The event, which benefits the Tigers Scholarship?Fund, again will be at Northwestern?High School in?Mendon, about 15 miles south of Brookfield on Missouri Highway 11, April 18.
The cost this year is $20 per person. Reservations are needed by Monday.
Unless something changes between now and then – and late developments have occurred in past years, this would be the first time in the past 10 years that neither the MU?football nor men’s basketball head coach has been among the attendees at the area stop.
According to Chad Moller, assistant MU?athletics director for media relations, current scheduled participants Wednesday in addition to Alden are women’s basketball head coach?Robin?Pingeton, who also was on hand last year, and men’s hoops assistant coach?Ernie Nestor. A student-athlete or two also may be on hand.
With the university’s pending switch to the Southeastern Conference next school year and Alden’s central role in that development over the past couple of years, his presentation should give event attendees first-hand insight into the factors involved and the perceived benefits of the pending change.
The annual Tigers Coaches Caravan makes stops across the state and country each spring, enabling MU?fans to meet coaches, student-athletes, and members of the athletic staff in a casual environment. The caravans also are designed as a “thank you” from the university to loyal Tigers fans, and everyone is invited to attend coaches caravan events, according to the university’s website.
Tigers Coaches Caravan event locations are determined on a year-by-year basis, but, through the efforts of alumnus Fred Carpenter of Sumner, the visit to Mendon has been a fixture on the annual schedule for more than a decade.